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From the Edge of the City (1998)

Apo tin akri tis polis (original title)
A group of Pontian Greek immigrant teenage dreamers dwelling marginalised in the notorious and lustreless wild suburbia, witness the city's repulsive face and an unrelenting world defined by prostitution, drugs, and inevitably, loss.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stathis Papadopoulos Stathis Papadopoulos ... Sasha
Costas Kotsianidis Costas Kotsianidis ... Kotsian
Panayiotis Hartomatzidis Panayiotis Hartomatzidis ... Panagiotis
Dimitris Papoulidis Dimitris Papoulidis ... Giorgos
Theodora Tzimou ... Natasha
Anestis Polychronidis Anestis Polychronidis ... Anestis
Nikos Kamontos Nikos Kamontos ... Filippos
Stelios Tsemboglidis Stelios Tsemboglidis ... Stelios
Giorgos Mavridis Giorgos Mavridis ... Chorny
Panagiota Vlachosotirou Panagiota Vlachosotirou ... Elenitsa
Silvia Venizelea Silvia Venizelea ... Thodora
Emilios Chilakis ... Nikos
Vasias Eleftheriadis Vasias Eleftheriadis ... Father
Evri Sophroniadou Evri Sophroniadou ... Mother
Giannis Kontraphouris Giannis Kontraphouris ... Pimp
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Storyline

The "Edge of the City" means Menidi, a poor suburb on the edge of pulsating Athens (the city). Menidi harbours many Cosssack Greeks. They are also called "pontios", ethnic Greeks from the Black Sea dispersed through the ex-Southern Soviet Union in the Stalin era. The "pontios" have returned to Greece en masse after the demise of the USSR. The parents speak mostly Greek, but the teenage children speak a hybrid Russian-Greek language which reflects their lack of identity and marginalization. The teenagers' marginalization leads them to the core of the film's theme: the lives of petty crime and prostitution which these second or third class Greeks lead. Their camaraderie, the way they mock each others' dealing in homosexuality, their sexual and criminal exploitation by rich Greeks, their own exploitation of prostitutes, sexual and moral ambiguity all lead to the film's defining. Written by Guy33134

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

Greece

Language:

Greek | Russian

Release Date:

24 January 1999 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Omonia, Athens, Greece See more »

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Dolby SR

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Most of the actors were non-professionals who were discovered on the streets of Athens by director Constantine Giannaris. His lead, Stathis Papadopoulos, was actually working as a rent boy. See more »

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Featured in Schau mir in die Augen, Kleiner (2007) See more »

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beautifully made, great soundtrack
8 March 2005 | by oresdianomisSee all my reviews

If you see one contemporary Greek film, make it this one. Giannaris shows great promise as a director - raw, yet sensitive, and original. The film looks at the lives of young immigrants boys from the former Soviet Union caught between the work-hard ethic of their parents and the seductiveness of the modern, consumer-driven world. These kids live on the edge and Giannaris's film has an appropriately edgy feeling. Young, these boys feel invincible even though they live on society's margins where the trappings of a designer lifestyle seem to have more value than a human life. 'From the Edge of the City' delves deep into the seamier underbelly of modern society but with a special sensitivity that does its filmmaker and its subjects credit.


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